January 19, 2013 by tjefferson2076
1 Corinthians 10:23
The Believer’s Freedom
23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
I am a believer…but even if you are not, the answers to our problems are found in scripture. I read the above yesterday – I had been thinking about morality and freedom the day before – sort of the fact that you can’t have freedom without self-restraint and morality…then boom – I read the above scripture. Under the government that our founder’s created, you have the right to do most anything (especially at the federal level)…but not everything is constructive or good for society. Thus, scripture teaches self-restraint – that you should not seek things for your own good (greed) but only for the good of others. St. Paul is not talking about forced good, but choosing to do good by choice. In this way we self-police ourselves voluntarily because you are ultimately going to be judged by Our Creator. In addition, it is setting a moral foundation for capitalism, that is true capitalism without government interference, not the Fascist-Corporatism practiced today. Capitalism is an economic system where individuals produce goods and services for the good of their fellow man. Therefore, they serve others to succeed…ie people will freely pay you for your products and services if it is something that they need or desire. Another way to say this is that capitalism is voluntary and moral servitude. Socialism and fascism are the antithesis of this…they are forced servitude.
The power of the state is in direct proportion to the moral decay of our society. Our Constitution was built ONLY for a moral people.
John Adams stated “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Benjamin Franklin state “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
Thereby we are promised to have masters if we are an immoral people. To save America, we need to embrace God and His rule. We must strive for self-restraint. If that is not possible, then what is left of our free society will be destroyed.